Gone are the days when you first started machining. Was your first machine an end mill? Did fly cutters terrify you? As a seasoned machinist, do you get the most out of your tools? Stretch your mind and skills. Think out of the box. Here’s new slitting saw and slitting saw arbor uses. Maybe one will spark your imagination.
No, don’t use your slitting saw arbor and blade to remove a finger or other body part. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cut a part off and finish it by hand. The result won’t be the same as with a fly cutter, but it is an alternative. On a 3 axis mill, just cut the piece off with a slitting saw. Once removed, finish the underside by hand. This is the perfect solution for machining a very thin part or working on a piece that is particularly hard to hold. Just cut it off and finish it by hand. Hand finishing the piece saves time. If you ruin the work with a machine finish, you’ve got to start over. It wastes time, money, and material.
Cut a Relief Slot
Does your part need a little relief? Don’t let it break. Cut a relief slot and prevent a break.
Relief slots provide just enough give without destroying the integrity of the part.
Cut your relief slot with a slitting saw. Hold the blade firmly in place with a slitting saw arbor and make the slot in just one or two passes. A slitting saw arbor with a deep cap and low profile will get you as close as you need to be.
Selecting a Slitting Saw and Slitting Saw Arbor
Because slitting saws are thin and run fast, they get hot fast too. Select a carbide blade if the budget allows. While steel is less expensive, carbide lasts longer.
No matter the blade material, use copious amounts of fluid. Did you know that slitting saws run hot? Of course you do, we just told you! A flood of coolant lets you cut long and cut fast.
Picking the slitting saw arbor is easy. Just buy one at The Tool Company. Their deep, low profile caps get your blade close. The “Vibra Core” design absorbs vibration. Anytime you reduce vibration you reduce runout.
The slitting saw arbor made in America for American machinists. Just like everything at The Tool Company. Buy yours today and start looking at the slitting saw differently. It’s one of the most versatile and underused tools in your box.